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#1207115 - 13/08/2013 13:12 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Yep, he is right on this one. Combine with attempts to change laws to make it illegal to exchange traditional varieties of seeds and you can see where the seed multinationals are heading.

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#1207125 - 13/08/2013 15:45 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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...Combine with attempts to change laws to make it illegal to exchange traditional varieties of seeds...


A reference please.








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#1207156 - 13/08/2013 21:55 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: datadog]
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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on the Real Dangers of Genetically Modified Food

Who better to speak the truth about the risks posed by genetically modified (GM) foods than Thierry Vrain, a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada? It was Vrain’s job to address public groups and reassure them that GM crops and food were safe, a task he did with considerable knowledge and passion.

But Vrain, who once touted GM crops as a technological advancement indicative of sound science and progress, has since started to acknowledge the steady flow of research coming from prestigious labs and published in high-impact journals – research showing that there is significant reason for concern about GM crops – and he has now changed his position.

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Cites Genetically Modified Food Safety Concerns

Vrain cites the concerning fact that it is studies done by Monsanto and other biotech companies that claim GM crops have no impact on the environment and are safe to eat. But federal departments in charge of food safety in the US and Canada have not conducted tests to affirm this alleged “safety.”

Vrain writes:1

“There are no long-term feeding studies performed in these countries [US and Canada] to demonstrate the claims that engineered corn and soya are safe. All we have are scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely.

These studies show that proteins produced by engineered plants are different than what they should be. Inserting a gene in a genome using this technology can and does result in damaged proteins. The scientific literature is full of studies showing that engineered corn and soya contain toxic or allergenic proteins.

… I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat.”

‘The Whole Paradigm of Genetic Engineering Technology Is Based on a Misunderstanding’

This misunderstanding is the “one gene, one protein” hypothesis from 70 years ago, which stated that each gene codes for a single protein. However, the Human Genome project completed in 2002 failed dramatically to identify one gene for every one protein in the human body, forcing researchers to look to epigenetic factors — namely, “factors beyond the control of the gene” – to explain how organisms are formed, and how they work.
According to Vrain:

“Genetic engineering is 40 years old. It is based on the naive understanding of the genome based on the One Gene – one protein hypothesis of 70 years ago, that each gene codes for a single protein. The Human Genome project completed in 2002 showed that this hypothesis is wrong.

The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins. Some of these proteins are obviously allergenic or toxic.”

In other words, genetic engineering is based on an extremely oversimplified model that suggests that by taking out or adding one or several genes, you can create a particular effect or result. But this premise, which GMO expert Dr. Philip Bereano calls “the Lego model,” is not correct. You cannot simply take out a yellow piece and put in a green piece and call the structure identical because there are complex interactions that are still going to take place and be altered, even if the initial structure still stands.

Serious Problems May Arise From Horizontal Gene Transfer

GE plants and animals are created using horizontal gene transfer (also called horizontal inheritance), as contrasted with vertical gene transfer, which is the mechanism in natural reproduction. Vertical gene transfer, or vertical inheritance, is the transmission of genes from the parent generation to offspring via sexual or asexual reproduction, i.e., breeding a male and female from one species.

By contrast, horizontal gene transfer involves injecting a gene from one species into a completely different species, which yields unexpected and often unpredictable results. Proponents of GM crops assume they can apply the principles of vertical inheritance to horizontal inheritance, but according to Dr. David Suzuki, an award-winning geneticist, this assumption is flawed in just about every possible way and is “just lousy science.”

Genes don’t function in a vacuum — they act in the context of the entire genome. Whole sets of genes are turned on and off in order to arrive at a particular organism, and the entire orchestration is an activated genome. It’s a dangerous mistake to assume a gene’s traits are expressed properly, regardless of where they’re inserted. The safety of genetically modified food is based only on a hypothesis, and this hypothesis is already being proven wrong.

Leading Scientists Disprove GMO Safety

Vrain cites the compelling report “GMO Myths and Truths”2 as just one of many scientific examples disputing the claims of the biotech industry that GM crops yield better and more nutritious food, save on the use of pesticides, have no environmental impact whatsoever and are perfectly safe to eat. The authors took a science-based approach to evaluating the available research, arriving at the conclusion that most of the scientific evidence regarding safety and increased yield potential do not at all support the claims. In fact, the evidence demonstrates the claims for genetically modified foods are not just wildly overblown – they simply aren’t true.

The authors of this critical report include Michael Antoniou, PhD, who heads the Gene Expression and Therapy Group at King’s College at London School of Medicine in the UK. He’s a 28-year veteran of genetic engineering technology who has himself invented a number of gene expression biotechnologies; and John Fagan, PhD, a leading authority on food sustainability, biosafety, and GE testing. If you want to get a comprehensive understanding of genetically engineered foods, I strongly recommend reading this report.

Not only are genetically modified (GM) foods less nutritious than non-GM foods, they pose distinct health risks, are inadequately regulated, harm the environment and farmers, and are a poor solution to world hunger. Worse still, these questionable GM crops are now polluting non-GM crops, leading to contamination that cannot ever be “recalled” the way you can take a bad drug off the market… once traditional foods are contaminated with GM genes, there is no going back! Vrain expanded:3

“Genetic pollution is so prevalent in North and South America where GM crops are grown that the fields of conventional and organic grower are regularly contaminated with engineered pollen and losing certification. The canola and flax export market from Canada to Europe (a few hundreds of millions of dollars) were recently lost because of genetic pollution.”


Full story
http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/08/...ied-food-11174/
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#1207168 - 13/08/2013 22:52 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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An interesting short clip on GM grin
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#1207177 - 14/08/2013 06:59 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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...scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely...


Yasified shak, a link to the research if you please.








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#1207179 - 14/08/2013 07:12 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Dr Channapatna S. Prakash, via jennifer marohasy...

“As the world’s population continues its increase, sustainable food production is becoming increasingly challenging. More food must be produced in the next 50 years than has been produced since the invention of agriculture. GM crops are a critical resource in accelerating increases in crop productivity in general, as well as in enhancing their nutritional value to treat malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies. In that context, Golden Rice is a critical resource in fighting the devastating consequences of widespread vitamin A deficiency in developing nations.

“Research on Golden Rice at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is part of their humanitarian work to reduce vitamin A deficiency, a serious condition of malnutrition mostly affecting women and children by causing sickness and leading, in many cases, to blindness and premature death of millions each year. According to IRRI, vitamin A deficiency affects more than 15% of children aged 6 months to 5 years and subclinical vitamin A deficiency affects 10% of pregnant women in the Philippines. Golden Rice, when it becomes freely available to farmers as planned, can substantially contribute to the alleviation of this important aspect of malnutrition…"

http://jennifermarohasy.com/2013/08/scientific-community-condemns-destruction-of-golden-rice/







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#1207260 - 14/08/2013 18:57 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: datadog]
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An interesting Docco about the nasty side of GM crops.....

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#1207360 - 16/08/2013 08:44 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Now that's more like it! grin

Victory for Willamette Valley Farmers and Public as Oregon Governor Signs Moratorium on Canola Production

New Law Protects $50 Million Industry, Halting Canola Production until 2019, As Sought by a CFS Lawsuit
Late yesterday, Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR) signed into law a bill banning commercial production of canola (rapeseed) until 2019 inside the three million acre Willamette Valley Protected District, one of the world’s pre-eminent vegetable seed producing regions.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) had sued the Oregon Department of Agriculture after seed and organic vegetable farmers objected to a controversial decision to permit canola production in the Willamette Valley. In court filings, Center for Food Safety argued that canola readily cross-pollinates with brassica specialty seed crops like broccoli, kale, and cabbage; spreads plant diseases and pests to brassica vegetable and seed crops; and can contaminate pure lots of vegetable and clover seed, rendering them unsalable in international and local markets. The vast majority of canola is genetically engineered, which contaminates organic and conventional varieties, as well as cross-pollinates with weeds, creating new invasive species problems, as herbicide resistant traits spread to native weed populations.
“Oregon’s lawmakers and governor have made the right decision: to protect the valuable industry in the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s unlawful action would have allowed dangerous canola planting into the Valley, jeopardizing both Oregon’s farmers and environment,” said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety. “This important agricultural market will now continue to be a revenue center for the state of Oregon and a source of good jobs for Oregonians.”
“We applaud Governor Kitzhaber for signing HB 2427 into law. Canola is a very risky crop to introduce due to cross-pollination risk and increased pest and disease pressure on other important regional crops. The Willamette Valley should ultimately be protected for the long term, but this bill provides certainty and protections for the Willamette Valley's valuable specialty seed, fresh market vegetable and organic industries for the next several years, while ensuring future decisions are based on rigorous, peer-reviewed science,” said Ivan Maluski, policy director for Friends of Family Farmers.
The new law overturns an unlawful rule adopted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in February 2013 that would have allowed thousands of acres of industrial canola to be planted over the next decade in a region where production of the plant for its seed has long been banned. The Oregon Department of Agriculture attempted in August 2012 to open the valley to widespread canola planting despite overwhelming public opposition. Center for Food Safety and Friends of Family Farmers, on behalf of individual growers, challenged ODA’s original temporary rule, which would have allowed canola planting in the fall of 2012. The Oregon Court of appeals halted that rule-making as unlawful. Because of this successful challenge, no planting of canola has been allowed in the Willamette Valley.
ODA did not give up, again proposing planting in spring 2013. Thus on April 25, 2013 Center for Food Safety filed another lawsuit to halt ODA’s rule to allow canola in the Willamette Valley on behalf of Friends of Family Farmers, Center for Food Safety, Universal Seed, and Wild Garden Seed.
“Working closely with the farmers and allies, we were able to act fast to prevent ODA’s disastrous decision from taking effect. Our court case prevented any canola from being planted, allowing time for our legislative strategy to work. Fortunately, this new law will trump the agency’s unlawful rule that would have allowed planting. This valuable industry is safe from the threat of canola,” added Kimbrell.

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press...nola-production
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#1207551 - 18/08/2013 11:51 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Wow, you could just imagine the outcry if this sort of thing happened on a GMO based farm.....

SWAT Team Searches Farm for 10 Hours, Seizes Organic Okra

Workers at a small organic farm in Arlington, Texas were terrified when a SWAT team descended on them, held them at gunpoint, and conducted a 10-hour search, according to civil liberties reporter Radley Balko.

Police had a warrant to search for marijuana plants, but they didn't find any at the farm. Instead they seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants...native grasses and sunflowers," according to Balko.

The police also had a warrant to related to code violations, according to their statement, but that warrant wasn't used in this raid. The farm had recently been cited for "grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises."

Using SWAT teams for minor police matters is become increasingly common, as we've reported at Politix. Many police departments own extensive military gear, as Balko has documented in his book. And once police get hold of it, they use it, even if they have no real need. That's led to SWAT teams being deployed to enforce minor regulatory violations, like the one described here.

http://politix.topix.com/homepage/7526-swat-team-searches-farm-for-10-hours-seizes-organic-okra
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#1207571 - 18/08/2013 18:06 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Quote:

...scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely...


Seems i need to repeat the question...

Yasified shak, a link to the research if you please.








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#1207572 - 18/08/2013 18:08 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Quote:
via Bello Boy:
Quote:
...Combine with attempts to change laws to make it illegal to exchange traditional varieties of seeds...


Try again...

Bello Boy, can we see some proof of claims please.







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#1207589 - 18/08/2013 21:01 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: datadog]
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Originally Posted By: datadog
Quote:

...scientific studies out of Europe and Russia, showing that rats fed engineered food die prematurely...


Seems i need to repeat the question...

Yasified shak, a link to the research if you please.

Have a look back thru the tread it has been posted before, otherwise the internet is a wonderful research tool, and it may enlighten you if you search yourself.
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#1207618 - 19/08/2013 09:46 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Have a look back thru the tread it has been posted before, otherwise the internet is a wonderful research tool, and it may enlighten you if you search yourself.


Hmmm... though i want the same reference/link that 'enlightened' you.. smile






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#1207620 - 19/08/2013 09:52 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: datadog]
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Originally Posted By: datadog
Quote:
via Bello Boy:
Quote:
...Combine with attempts to change laws to make it illegal to exchange traditional varieties of seeds...


Try again...

Bello Boy, can we see some proof of claims please.


All over the internet, one site with background is this one: http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedlaw.html

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#1207630 - 19/08/2013 11:48 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: datadog]
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Originally Posted By: datadog
Quote:
Have a look back thru the tread it has been posted before, otherwise the internet is a wonderful research tool, and it may enlighten you if you search yourself.


Hmmm... though i want the same reference/link that 'enlightened' you.. smile


If i knew you were serious and not just here for a "laugh" then it may be different, but when you add comments like....
Originally Posted By: datadog
(High mirth time)
Yasified shak, was there a time when food didn't contain chemicals ?. laugh
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#1207671 - 19/08/2013 16:37 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: KevD]
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Originally Posted By: Bello Boy
Originally Posted By: datadog
Quote:
via Bello Boy:
Quote:
...Combine with attempts to change laws to make it illegal to exchange traditional varieties of seeds...


Try again...

Bello Boy, can we see some proof of claims please.


All over the internet, one site with background is this one: http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedlaw.html


Thanks for that Bello Boy. Gots some reading ahead of me. Sounds like yet more European nonsense to be imposed on the world.








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#1207672 - 19/08/2013 16:39 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: @_Yasified_shak]
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Originally Posted By: @_Yasified_shak
Originally Posted By: datadog
Quote:
Have a look back thru the tread it has been posted before, otherwise the internet is a wonderful research tool, and it may enlighten you if you search yourself.


Hmmm... though i want the same reference/link that 'enlightened' you.. smile


If i knew you were serious and not just here for a "laugh" then it may be different, but when you add comments like....
Originally Posted By: datadog
(High mirth time)
Yasified shak, was there a time when food didn't contain chemicals ?. laugh


Yasified shack, if you don't know the answer, just say so.







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#1207732 - 19/08/2013 21:36 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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Ugh... eye glazing stuff. sleep

via the Bello Boy link...
...be warned. By all means, read it yourself. But you have to pretty much ignore the Summary as that is not the Law, and does not reflect what is in the Law. The actual meat of it starts around about Page 25. Some of the more important articles are 2, 3, 14, and 36 but you do need to read all the rest as well to see how they fit together...

Forewarned, i dive in...

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/pressroom/docs/proposal_aphp_en.pdf

P17 - 27: ...Plant reproductive material which is made available on the market only in limited quantities by small producers (“niche market plant reproductive material”) should be exempted from the requirement of belonging to a registered variety. That derogation is necessary to prevent undue constraints to the making available on the market of plant reproductive material, which is of lesser commercial interest, but is important for the maintenance of genetic diversity. However, it should be ensured that that derogation is not regularly used by a wide range of professional operators and it is only used by professional operators which cannot afford the costs and administrative burden of variety registration...

tired....... sleep







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#1207736 - 19/08/2013 22:01 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: Greg Sorenson]
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The second section you highlighted was a concession that was added after massive protests from growers across Europe (and beyond in fact as the potential repercussions were substantial). Before that there were no planned exceptions which meant one home grower giving seeds to another could be breaking the law!

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#1207757 - 20/08/2013 08:40 Re: Farming, food production and consumers [Re: KevD]
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Farming Experts Predict Food Safety Laws Will Destroy Local Foods Trend

The most wonderful aspect of going local with your diet, is the opportunity to meet pioneers of organic, sustainable agriculture. There is tremendous work being done by farmers like Mike Tabor. Yet, a gross lack of understanding by public interest groups on what really constitutes food safety has led to increasing federal control over our food supply. Now, the FDA is dictating farming practices, packaging and sterilization steps that threaten to choke out small producers. Here is what two farmers have to say about these food safety laws and this ominous regulatory trend.

STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES AND BAGGED SALADS
By Michael Tabor, Farmer, Needmore, PA and Nick Maravell, Farmer, Buckeystown, MD

Reprinted from Lancaster Farming, Photos added by Kimberly Hartke

Mike Tabor's Licking Creek Bend Farm, at risk due to new FSMA regulations
Mike Tabor’s Licking Creek Bend Farm, is among the tens of thousands of farms at risk due to the new U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Each week at my farm stands in the Maryland area, we try to explain a peculiar situation to our customers. On the one hand, they want to buy our fresh fruit and vegetables. However, I tell then, that in a few years, these will all be illegal to sell!

Why?

Because they have some degree of dirt and bacteria on them. The strawberries for instance, have some trace amount of straw and soil on them. As do the tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers. We do rinse them before leaving the farm – but we won’t put them through a disinfectant bath nor pack them in antiseptic plastic containers and put “PLU” labels on them. That’s not what consumers want at a farm market—nor is it something we’ll ever be able to do.

Regulations for new food safety laws – FSMA – the Food Safety Modernization Act –, administered by the FDA are currently in the process of being finalized. Although the Act originally had protections for family farmers like myself, we see those being ignored or phased out over time.

Common sense and following the data of recent food safety scares lead us to a very strong conclusion: the further the food travels from the farm to the consumer, the more opportunities it has to become a food safety problem…the current cyclospora food poisoning problem in bagged salads is a good example.

This is one reason why 20 million consumers come to farmers markets like ours and want fresh produce from our fields – preferably grown without pesticides, herbicides or GMO seeds. And sadly, protecting consumers from these synthetic perils is not addressed by these FSMA food safety laws.

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Farm Fresh Food is trucked to City Farm Markets by Local Farmers
Nor does FDA address what is common sense to many scientists, doctors and parents: our bodies are dependent on the good germs and bacteria. If anything, rather than developing the antiseptic globalized industrial-style food system FSMA food safety laws seek, we should be searching for ways to increase the amount of good bacteria in our bodies. In fact, fecal implants to repopulate the gut with bacteria are not science fiction—the medical profession is now performing them every day.

So, why is this bad science becoming the law of the land? First, it is partially due to corporate profit. Corporations depend on a global supply chain, and in doing so they are finding it increasingly difficult to deliver safe food. At the same time they are losing market share to the local food systems that customers are demanding—witness the sharp increase in farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and restaurants offering “farm to fork” menus. To avoid legal liability, the corporations want to legitimize an industrial approach to sterilizing everything, without regard to the unnecessary and costly burden placed on local farmers. If your local farmer goes out of business trying to comply with the costs of hundreds of pages of new federal food safety regulations, well that just leaves more customers without a local alternative.

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Tomato Picking Volunteer Helps during Farm Field Day
Second there is the misguided advocacy of the consumer organizations, like Center for Science in the Public Interest,(CSPI). They mean well, but they think that throwing regulatory words, food safety laws and paperwork burden at a problem will solve it. This approach is overly legalistic, and it ignores the realities of nature and the practical fact that over-regulating a sector that is not causing a problem—small farmers—cannot possibly lead to safer food.

And, finally, there is this Administration’s commitment to the bio-tech industry. It’s no accident that FDA’s deputy commissioner responsible for food safety laws, Michael R. Taylor, is a former Monsanto Vice President. That partially explains why the “safe food” mandate does nothing to protect us from genetically engineered food, and the harsh chemicals that are necessarily paired with it.

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Farm Patrons Enjoy Potluck Lunch on Farm Field Day
Food safety laws will, however, put many of us farmers, who are committed to fresh, healthy and sustainably-grown food, out of business. We note a recent issue of Lancaster Farming (7/13/13), on page A10, that Don Bessemer, a third generation farmer, whose family farmed his land for 117 years in Akron, Ohio, has already closed his Bessemer Farm Market and specifically named FDA and FSMA as the reason. He had to lay off his 30 employees. He estimated that with the “many layers of government red tape and paperwork” the requirements would cost him at least $100,000 to comply with the regulations and $30,000 a year for inspections. He said in 117 years, they have never poisoned anyone and, “I can fight the bugs, I can fight the lack of rain, but when the guy comes with a clipboard what are you going to do?”

We can all see the future. It is those antiseptic, theoretically bacteria-free plastic containers that will soon become the only way we will be able to shop for all of our produce.

And that is why these food safety laws should be an issue of public outrage!

Michael Tabor of Licking Creek Bend Farm has been farming for 41 years and supplies Baltimore-area universities and colleges with GMO-free, sustainably grown produce. He is being honored this September for running his farm stand in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC, for 40 years. Michael is the lone farmer who testified on FSMA before Congress last February (click link to read his testimony in full).

Nick Maravell serves as a farmer representative on the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and has farmed organically since 1979, raising grain, livestock and vegetables.

http://hartkeisonline.com/2013/08/19/far...al-foods-trend/
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